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Fishing Report 4-17-2012

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Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004

Public contact: (505) 476-8000

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 17, 2012:

 

NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

 

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

 

CATCHES OF THE WEEK:

 

 

If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing

experience, send it to us at fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report.

 

  • Heron Lake: April 9, Vern Lucero of La Cienega caught a 24 ½-inch, 17-pound lake trout. He was using a Yozuri crystal minnow. April 11, Jesse Salazar of Espanola caught a 24 ¼-inch, 9-pound, 2-ounce lake trout. He was jigging a white tube. April 13, Norma Wolfley of El Vado caught a 30 ¾-inch, 14-pound, 3-ounce lake trout. She was trolling a Big Mac lure.
  • Ute Lake: April 14, Franco Vallejos of Albuquerque caught a 3.82-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a smallie beaver. Kris Bosley of Amarillo caught a 4.02-pound smallmouth bass. Art VanNostrand caught a 5.09-pound largemouth bass. He was using a spinner bait. All three bass were released.
  • Navajo Lake: April 14, Ricky Hamilton of Dulce caught a 5.1-pound largemouth bass. Steve Gill of Navajo Dam caught a 4.21-pound smallmouth bass. Both fish were caught on reaction baits and both fish were released.

 

For catches of the week, include name, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

 

April 17

 

Northeast

 

Animas River: As of Monday morning flow near Cedar Hill was 1,000 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using spinners, worms and copper John Barrs.

Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was fair-to-good using Power Bait and worms under a bobber. Leroy De Herrera of Roy reported catching his limit of trout within an hour. He was using pink Power Bait. We had no reports on perch.

Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 31 cfs. Trout fishing for the first few miles below the lake was good using prince nymphs, copper John Barrs and tungsten bead head San Juan worms.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was good using assorted Power Bait for trout up to 18 inches. We had no reports on other species. Due to low water conditions, only small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was slow-to-fair using minnows and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using minnows, crank baits and jigs for white bass up to 2 pounds. Crappie fishing was slow but a few were taken on minnows and small jigs. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 60s.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was very good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, copper John Barrs and bead head hares ears.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using salmon peach Power Bait, salmon eggs, homemade dough baits, worms and spinners for a mixed bag of perch and rainbow trout. A few northern pike were taken on worms and spinners.

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, Pistol Petes, spoons, dough bait and Power Bait. Anglers reported catching several big brown trout.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was fair-to-good using marshmallows and Power Bait for trout up to 19 inches.

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and worms.

Morphy Lake: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and homemade dough baits for trout.

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 210 cfs. Trout fishing has picked up as the water was starting to clear. Best baits were worms, spinners and bead head nymphs.

Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 122 cfs. Trout fishing below the hatchery was fair using red San Juan worms and copper John Barrs.

Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 544 cfs. The upper Rio was a bit off color but clearing. Trout fishing was good using No. 14 caddis. Nymphs were working during the day and dries in the late evening hours. A few trout were also taken on spinners.

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season. Opens July 1.

Springer Lakes: Fishing was slow-to-fair using dead minnows and Rat-L-Traps for northern pike up to 22 inches. We had no reports on other species.

Storrie Lake: Trout fishing from the bank was good for anglers using Power Bait, homemade dough baits and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was fair-to-good using crank baits, chigger craws and tubes. Fishing was fair using crank baits, minnows and jigs for white bass. A few crappie were taken by anglers using small jigs. Fishing for catfish slowed a bit but there were a few taken on stink bait and chicken liver. The surface water temp ranged from the low 50s to the low 60s.

 

Northwest

 

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing pressure was very light and fishing was slow for all species.

Albuquerque area drains: We had no reports from anglers this week. The winter trout stocking will resume next fall.

Bluewater Lake: Trout fishing was fair-to-good using Power Bait, home made dough baits, spinners and salmon eggs. Fishing for tiger musky was fair using dough baits, jerk baits, spinners and crank baits. Most of the muskies were in the 25- to 35-inch class. The surface water temp ranged from the mid 40s to the low 50s.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 394 cfs and 418 cfs respectively. Fishing pressure was very light over the past weekend. A few trout were taken below El Vado by anglers using Z Rays and worms. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. A few white bass were taken by anglers using minnows and trolling crank baits.

El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Fenton Lake: Hot Spot for trout. Fishing continued to be very good this past week. Anglers did well using olive and black Pistol Petes, Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs, corn and gold and silver Panther Martins.

Heron Lake: Fishing for lake trout was slow-to-fair trolling big lures and using jigs tipped with cut bait. Bank fishing in the Piedra Cove area was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for rainbow trout.

Jackson Lake: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 155 cfs and murky. Fishing was slow. On the Rio Cebolla below Fenton Lake, trout fishing was fair-to-good using worms.

Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers again this week.

Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was slow.

McGaffey Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake: Bass fishing was slow but there were a few good smallmouth and largemouth caught. Best baits were jerk baits, tubes, spinner baits and chatter baits. Fishing for northern pike was also slow with light fishing pressure due to windy cold fronts. We had no reports on other species. Water surface temps ranged from 48 degrees on the main lake to near 58 degrees in the backs of coves.

Ramah Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 487 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using RS2s, Griffith’s gnats, parachute adams and dead chickens. There were midge and baetis hatches coming off. The midge hatches were coming off around noon while the baetis hatches were later in the day. Size 20 and 22 flies worked best. Through the bait waters, fishing was fair-to-good using worms, spinners, jigs and jerk baits.

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was good using spinners, salmon eggs, corn and Power Bait.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: This water is open to fishing for youths under the age of 12 and

an excellent place to take the youngster and get them interested in fishing. The pond was

recently stocked and should offer a great fishing experience.

Tingley Beach: Trout fishing at the Central Ponds was very good using salmon eggs, corn, spinners and Power Bait. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was fair using small zebra midges and small Griffith’s gnats.

 

Southwest

 

Bear Canyon: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, worms and Power Bait.

Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake: Walleye fishing was slow-to-fair using minnows, grubs, crank baits and bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs. Fishing for white bass was fair using grubs, crank baits and minnows. Fishing was fair-to-good using stink baits, worms and chicken liver for catfish. The water was murky.

Elephant Butte: Fishing was slow-to-fair using sassy shad on ¼- and 3/8-ounce jig heads, minnows, crank baits and spinners for white bass. Fishing for walleye was slow but a few were taken on sassy shad and crank baits. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow with a few taken on sassy shad, crank baits and jerk baits. We had no reports on other species. Surface temps on the main lake ranged from 52 to 62 degrees.

Escondida Lake: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair using salmon eggs, Power Bait, Pistol Petes, worms and corn.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 114 cfs. Trout fishing on the Forks was slow.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait.

Lake Roberts: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on tiger musky.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 1,120 cfs. Fishing was fair using white grubs for walleye. Fishing was fair using worms for trout. Water is also being released from Caballo Lake downstream at the rate of 1,100 cfs. Fishing below Caballo and at Percha Dam was fair using sassy shad, curly tail grubs and minnows for white bass and walleye. Fishing for catfish was fair using minnows and stink baits.

Southeast

 

Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Bonito Lake: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, spinners, salmon eggs, Power Bait and corn.

Bosque Redondo: Trout fishing was fair using copper John Barrs, salmon egg/corn combinations, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing for trout was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and corn.

Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Van: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and spinners.

Oasis Park Lake: Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait and assorted spinners and spoons.

Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 101 cfs. Fishing was slow-to-fair using worms, liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Perch Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 11 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and bead head prince nymphs.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was fair using sassy shad and curly tail grubs for walleye and crappie. Fishing was slow for all other species. Fishing pressure was very light. The water surface temp was in the mid to upper 50s.

Sumner Lake: Hot Spot for walleye! Strong winds didn’t deter the anglers or the walleye over the weekend. Anglers fishing from boats and from the bank did well using minnows, grubs, jigs and crank baits for fish up to 19 inches. Anglers fishing for walleye also reported catching a mix of smallmouth bass, crappie, white bass and catfish. The surface water temp ranged from the mid 50s to the low 60s.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, NOV. 29, 2011:

 

NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

 

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

 

Northwest

 

Animas RiverThe flow is 359 cfs. Fishing is good for trout above Cedar Hill using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms. Please respect private property when fishing in this area.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 75 cfs. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 388 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 391 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is slow to fair for trout with all methods reported working. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 – Chama River from El Vado Lake to west boundary of Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area. The river below El Vado is fishing good to excellent. All methods are catching fish. Brown trout are reported being landed using black and gold Panther Martins. Below Abiquiu Lake, fishing is reported as fair to slow using Power Bait, worms and spinners.The river has been stocked with 1,144 rainbows.

San Juan RiverUpper section – catch and release flow is 322 cfs.The release has been reduced so the Department of Game and Fish can proceed with some sediment remediation and habitat improvements to the upper river. The affected area from above Texas Hole to the upper braids was expected to be reopened to anglers the afternoon of Nov. 29. Check with Navajo Lake State Park, (505) 632-2278, for current information. Expect good midge fishing and midge hatches during the mornings and good blue winged olive hatches in the afternoons. In the mornings, use a red midge larva as your point fly and trail a size 24-26 black or gray midge pupa. As the afternoon progresses, change your flies to baetis, such as a gray or chocolate RS2 or foam wing emerger. The river was stocked below the quality waters with 2,106 rainbow trout.

Abiquiu Lake – Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with smaller-sized fish being caught. No report on salmon or other species.

El Vado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as slow to fair with better reports from the Chama River inlet and the dam. Fish are being landed with worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and spinners. The main boat ramp is open but the primitive ramps are closed due to low water. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging slowed down and is reported as a done deal for the season.

Heron Lake Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Bait fishing is good to excellent for lots of 12- to 16-inch rainbows using salmon eggs at the boat ramps. Salmon snagging is very slow. No report on lake trout.

Jackson Lake Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore.

Lake FarmingtonTrout fishing is reported as good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.

Morgan Lake – No report

Navajo Lake – Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is reported as poor. The fish are too soft. Trout fishing is reported as fair to good from the dam using spinners and streamers..

 

Northeast

 

Cimarron River – The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 4.6 cfs and 4.5 cfs near Cimarron. Check the flows before you go. Releases below 25 cfs make for slow fishing. If the release doesn’t go back up, wait until spring next year to fly fish.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 18 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary; water levels are very low and fish are spooky.

Red River – Flows are 15 cfs near Questa and 40 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught and all methods working.

Rio Grande– Flows are 386 cfs near Cerro and 551 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Water levels are still a bit high and fishing is reported as slow to fair. Trout still seem to prefer the faster aerated water. Nymph the pocket water or strip streamers for browns. Cover the deeper slower runs for the bass with streamers or crayfish patterns.

Rio Hondo – The flow is 12 cfs. Trout fishing is reported as slow. Best bet is to fish at and above the confluence with the Rio Grande.

Rio Pueblo The flow is 14 cfs. No report.

Charette Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Clayton Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Eagle Nest Lake – The lake was half-covered with ice Monday and was expected to be completely covered after this weekend’s storm. It is closed to boats for the winter. Fishing continues to be good from the bank where there is open water. The perch are reported as good on worms. Trout fishing is good using Power Bait. Pike fishing is reported as good with larger lures and baits. Salmon snagging is slow.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Fishing is good on Lake Maloya for trout. Fish are being landed using Power Bait and salmon eggs from shore. Fly fishing is reported as good in the early mornings and late evenings.

Maxwell Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Shuree Ponds No report.

Springer Lakes – No report. Springer Lake is closed to ice fishing.

 

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

 

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San AntonioFlow on the Jemez River is 20 cfs. Water levels are up and the stream is running a bit murky. Fishing is fair to slow for trout ranging from 10 to 12 inches. The East Fork and The San Antonio still remain slow due to the conditions left by the fire. The Cebolla and the Rio de las Vacas/Guadalupe watershed continue to be good choices for anglers to catch fish. All methods are reported working.

Metro DrainagesThe drainages were stocked last week. Albuquerque was stocked with 101 triploid rainbow trout; Belen with 201; Bernalillo 80 and Corrales with 121. Fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish.

Bluewater Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair. Winter hours apply: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some anglers are reporting success with most methods working. Catfish are reported as fair with using stink baits and chicken liver.

Cochiti Lake – No report. The only boats reported were sail boats. The lake is closed for the season along the Tetilla Peak side. The upper lake is also closed above the Tetilla boat ramp due to a log boom in place on the lake.

Fenton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with worms and Power Bait. Ice has formed along the edges of the lake by the dam, but there is still plenty of open water for fishing. The lake is closed to ice fishing.

Tingley BeachTrout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been good. Best reports are from anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. The ponds were stocked with 1,400 triploid rainbow trout Nov. 22. Reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond have been hit and miss. Success has been reported when using bunny leeches and black beetles.

 

East–Central, including the Pecos River

 

Coyote CreekThe flow is 2.4 cfs. No report.

Pecos River – The flow is 36 cfs. The upper river is slowing down quite a bit. Water temps have been in the high 30s in the morning and the fish are tight-lipped. Fish the afternoon hours, especially while the sun is on the water. The water is very clear and low so go with long leaders, fine tippets and a smaller fly. Some midges have been coming off. Nymphing with a dry dropper rig can end your slump if they aren’t coming up on your dry fly. Try flashback pheasant tails or a tungsten micro may fly.

Conchas Lake – No report due to holiday weekend.

Morphy Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Santa Rosa Lake – No report.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic. Best reports when using Power Bait, cheese and worms.

Sumner Lake – Walleye are reported as fair. Fish are being caught in shallow water and off points and structure. The fish range from 14 to 20 inches and are hitting white shad lures. No reports for the trout stocked below the dam.

Ute Lake – The best fishing is from Ute Creek to the dam. Waleye are reported as fair to good using blades and spoons. Water temps are still in the 50s and fish are not schooling as usual. White bass are also being caught and reported as fair when using various blades and crank baits.

 

Southwest

 

Gila River – The flow is 63 cfs and fishing is slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.

Rio Grande– No report.

Bill Evans Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair with most methods working.

Caballo Lake – Fishing is slow. Water levels are very low. Best bet is below the diversion spillway on the Rio Grande at Percha State Park.Fishermen are catching a few white bass and black bass on the river; most walleye are too small to keep (less than 14 inches.

Elephant Butte Lake – Some white bass are reported being caught in 10 to 20 feet of water along the west shore. Anglers are having success with shiners, slabs and spinners. No report on striped bass. Catfish are report as good on the north end of the lake on trotlines baited with liver and stink bait. No report on other species.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is fair for trout when using Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait.

Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. Trout fishing is reported as slow with worms and Power Bait.

Quemado Lake – No report.

 

Southeast

 

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.28 cfs in town and 5.3 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as fair to good on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher. Best bet is to fish the deeper holes were fish will be holding in the low water conditions.

Bonito Lake –The lake closes for the season Nov. 30.

Bottomless Lakes: No report. Waiting for results from golden algae testing.

Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.

Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing remains good for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes. Best times to fish are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, NOV. 15, 2011:

 

NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

 

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

 

Northwest

 

Animas RiverThe flow is 359 cfs. Flows continue to run high from runoff and the water is murky. The river is reported as good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 83 cfs. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 178 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 204 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is fair – good with all methods reported working. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31Chama River from El Vado Lake to west boundary of Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area. The river below El Vado is fishing good to excellent. The water is at a perfect flow. All methods are catching fish. Brown trout are reported being landed using black and gold Panther Martins. Below Abiquiu Lake fishing is reported as fair to slow using Power Bait, worms, spinners and bead headed nymphs.

San Juan RiverUpper section – Catch and Release flow is 331 cfs. Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are very small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 28, gray, black, chocolate, cream and olive have been my best. The hatch is strongest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Try fishing BWO’s from 1 to 5 p.m. Dark or light gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in a size 20 and 22 in dry and wet patterns. Back to black and brown midges in the evenings. Brown, black, purple and white bunny leaches are great attractors.

Abiquiu Lake – Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Not much has changed at the lake and conditions remain the same. Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with smaller-sized fish being caught. No report on salmon or other species.

El Vado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as slow to fair with better reports from the Chama River inlet and the dam. Fish are being landed with worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and spinners. The main boat ramp is open but the primitive ramps are closed due to low water. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging slowed down and is reported as fair on the north side of the lake. Park at the gate just below the Stone House Lodge and walk down to the dirt boat ramp for the best access.

Heron Lake Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Nov. 11 – Dec. 31. Salmon are being snagged at the boat ramps and close to the dam. Reports of trout and lake trout are good from shore when using roe sacks. Trout are also fishing good with spinners and worms.

Jackson Lake Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore.

Lake FarmingtonTrout fishing is reported as good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.

Morgan Lake – No report

Navajo LakeSpecial Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is reported as fair at Simms Marina and at the dam, but fish are starting to soften up. No reports on other species.

 

Northeast

 

Cimarron River – The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 15 cfs and 6.6 cfs near Cimarron. The release out of Eagle’s Nest Dam has dropped significantly and is really not worth fishing at these low levels. Check the flows before you go. Releases below 25 cfs make for slow fishing. If the release doesn’t go back up, wait until spring to fly fish.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 6.4 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary, water levels are very low and fish are spooky.

Red River – Flows are 12 cfs near Questa and 42 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught with all methods.

Rio Grande– Flows are 473 cfs near Cerro and 687 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Water levels have come up and fishing is reported as slow to fair. Trout still seem to prefer the faster aerated water. Nymph the pocket water or strip streamers for the feistier pre-spawn browns. Cover the deeper slower runs for the bass with streamers or crayfish patterns.

Rio Hondo – The flow is 15 cfs and fishing is reported as fair from mile marker 8 up to mile marker 16 when using dry flies, small spinners and worms.

Rio Pueblo The flow is 11 cfs. The fishing is fair for trout when using flies, small spinners and worms.

Cabresto LakeThe lake is closed for repairs to the dam.

Charette Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Clayton Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Eagle Nest Lake – Fishing continues to be good. The perch are reported as good from shore and better from anchored boats. Trolling is great for trout using lightweight tackle. Trout fishing is good when trolling topwater gear and hit and miss from the bank using Power Bait. Pike fishing is reported as good when anchored or trolling from a boat. Anglers are having success with larger lures and baits. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging reported as slow.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Fishing is good on Lake Maloya for trout. Fish are being landed using Power Bait and salmon eggs from shore. Fly fishing is reported as good in the early mornings and late evenings. The lake was stocked with 3,498 triploid rainbow trout last week

Maxwell Lakes – Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Shuree PondsThe water level on the upper pond is reported to quite low. No report.

Springer Lakes – No report. As a side note, Springer Lake is closed to ice fishing.

 

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

 

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San AntonioFlow on the Jemez River is 40 cfs. Water levels are up and the stream is running a bit murky. Fishing is fair for trout ranging from 10 to 12 inches. The East Fork and The San Antonio still remain slow due to the conditions left by the fire. The Cebolla and the Rio de las Vacas/Guadalupe watershed continue to be good choices. All methods are reported working. The river was stocked with 1,485 rainbow trout last week.

Metro Drainages Stocking has started on the drainages: Albuquerque was stocked with 301 triploid rainbow trout; Belen with 201; Bernalillo 80; Corrales with 121 and Peralta with 250. Fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish.

Bluewater Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good. Some anglers are reporting success with most methods working. The tiger muskies continue to fish good for the smaller juvenile fish. The fish reported were caught on rattletraps while trolling and jerk baits from shore. Catfish are reported as fair with several landed using stink baits and chicken liver.

Cochiti Lake – No report.

Fenton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with worms and Power Bait.

Tingley BeachTrout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been great. Best reports are from anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. The ponds were stocked last week with 2,399 triploid rainbow trout. Fly-fishing anglers in the South/Catch and Release Pond are enjoying the recent stocking of rainbow trout ranging in size from 10 to 30 inches. Bunny leeches, nymphs, and emergers are bringing in the big ones.

 

East–Central, including the Pecos River

 

Coyote CreekThe flow is 1.5 cfs. No report.

Pecos River – The flow is 34 cfs. The river is continues to fish well. The water is very clear, so go to long leaders, fine tippets and a smaller flies. Some midges but blue winged olives are the only dry fly game left on the Pecos. Nymphing with a dry dropper rig can end your slump if they aren’t coming up on your dry fly. Try flashback pheasant tails or a tungsten micro may. The river was stocked with 999 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Conchas Lake – Fishing is reported as slow. North Dock reports that white bass are being taken in 40 to 45 feet of water when suspended at 15 – 20 feet with jigs and slabs. No report on other species.

Morphy Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Santa Rosa Lake – No report.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is fair to good for trout using Power Bait, cheese balls and worms.

Sumner Lake – Sumner Lake is open to boating. The east ramp is open for launching. Walleye are reported as fair. No report on what’s working. Pressure has been light.

Ute Lake – The fishing is starting to pick up a bit. White bass are being caught near steep structure in the main part of the lake. Walleye were caught in the same places. All fish were caught on the white slabs. Fishing pressure remains on the light side.

 

Southwest

 

Gila River – The flow is 65 cfs and fishing is slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.

Rio Grande– The flow is 2.5 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. No report.

Bill Evans Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as good with most methods working.

Caballo Lake – Fishing is slow. Water levels are very low. Best bet is below spillway on the Rio Grande at Percha State Park.

Elephant Butte Lake – Some white bass are reported being caught in 10 – 20 feet of water along the west shore. Anglers that are catching fish are having success with shiners, slabs and spinners. No report on striped bass. Catfish are reported as good on the north end of the lake on trotlines baited with liver and stink bait. No report on other species.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is fair for trout when using Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait.

Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. Trout fishing is reported as fair with worms. No report on other species.

Quemado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair. Anglers are having success using green Power Bait. No report on the tiger muskies.

 

Southeast

 

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.39 cfs in town and 4.4 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as fair to good on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher. Best bet is to fish the deeper holes were fish will be holding in the low water conditions..

Bonito Lake – Trout fishing continues to be good in the mornings and evenings. Green and yellow Power Bait, spinners and black woolly boogers our reported working well. The lake closes for the season Nov. 30.

Bottomless Lakes: No report, but winter stocking has begun and fishing should be good at Cottonwood and Devil’s Inkwell.

Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.

Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is reported as good for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes

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NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

Attention anglers: Extreme fire danger has prompted agencies to impose fire restrictions and closures on public and private lands across New Mexico. Please check for the latest information at http://nmfireinfo.wordpress.com or by calling the fire restrictions hotline at (877) 864-6985.

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Northwest

Animas RiverThe flow is 1,030 cfs. The river is starting to recede but still a bit muddy. No fishing report this week but should have an idea on conditions next week.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 40 cfs. and below El Vado, the flow is 766 cfs. Fishing is fair in the upper Chama with some bigger rainbows reported being taken in and around Chama. Fish are being landed with worms, spinners, woolly buggers and various bead-headed nymphs. Below El Vado, trout fishing is good for rainbows up to 20 inches and browns up to 18 inches. Panther Martins and Rapalas are working for the browns and rainbows.

San Juan River – Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 499 cfs. Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are very small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 28, chocolate, dark grey, cream and olive have been best. The hatch is strongest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Try fishing BWO’s from 2 p.m. to about 5 p.m. Dark gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in a size 20 and 22. Both dry and wet patterns. Back to midges in the evenings. Black and brown have been killing it! Caddis are showing up in the evenings from 7 p.m. to dark. You will find the best activity through the bait water up to Simon canyon. Small brown caddis are the best, size 20 and 22. PMD’s are all over the lower river in the afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. They are starting to show up on the upper river should be great in a couple of weeks! Hoppers and ants are working well too! Bunny leaches are great attractors in brown, black, purple, and white. If all else fails try fishing big foam patterns especially in the morning. Lower section – Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section. Some reports say the lower section is fishing a well as the upper quality waters. The lower section was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout last week.

Abiquiu Lake – Fishing is slow for walleye with a few smaller sized fish being caught. Some small mouth bass have been reported but at best it is hit and miss for them. Catfish are reported as slow but a few bigger fish have been taken in the coves with stink bait and liver. No report on other species.

El Vado Lake – Fishing is slow due to a lot of recreational traffic on the water.

Heron Lake Fishing is fair for trout from the bank and trolling. Most success has been by Willow Creek along the channel into the lake. Power Bait, worms and spinners tipped with corn are working well. Salmon fishing is good when trolling double whammies, Kokanee Killers and Panther Martin’s tipped with corn in 18 to 25 feet of water.

Jackson Lake Trout fishing is reported as fair to good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Spinners with gold blades are reported working well on the backside of the lake.

Lake FarmingtonTrout fishing is reported as fair by the spillway using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.

Morgan Lake – No report.

Navajo Lake – Fishing for smallmouth bass is very good in the coves with almost any method catching fish. The largemouth bass have also turned on and are starting to hit with both aggressive bites and feeding strikes. Both species are being caught on soft plastics, jerk baits or crank baits Salmon are starting to bite when using Rapalas or Kokanee Killers in 40 feet of water. Best fishing is from the dam to Francis Canyon. Northern pike are hitting all over the lake. Try using xr-14 or f-18 lures in the afternoons and top water gear is working in the mornings.

Northeast

Cimarron River – The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 24 cfs and no read near Cimarron. Closed due to fire hazard.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 66 cfs near the town of Costilla and 66 cfs at the dam. Closed due to fire hazard.

Red River – Flows are 20 cfs near Questa and 40 cfs below the hatchery. All but the section of river in Red River is closed due to fire hazard. The river was stocked with above Questa with 1,099 triploid rainbow trout.

Rio Grande – Flows are 395 cfs near Cerro and 580 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Your best bet is fishing the pockets when nothing is going on hatch wise. Fish big bugs like golden stonefly nymphs, crane fly larvae, or woolly buggers. No reports on other species.

Rio Hondo – The flow is 25 cfs and fishing is good for trout using dry/dropper rigs with stimulators on top and copper johns or caddis below. The upper Hondo is closed but fishing at the confluence is still allowed.

Rio Pueblo The flow is 8.4 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.

Cabresto LakeThe lake is closed for repairs to the dam.

Charette Lakes – Fishing has slowed down and is reported as hit and miss. Some anglers are catching stocker-sized trout with limits reported with others not seeing a bite. Topwater flyfishing is reported as good in the evenings. Power Bait and Panther Martins are most successful. Perch are fair using small lures and worms.

Clayton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as good using chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait and worms. Bass and walleye are slow.

Eagle Nest Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as picking up and good from shore and better from anchored boats. Trolling is great for trout using lightweight tackle. Perch are good to excellent off the bank when using worms. The lake was stocked with 501 triploid rainbow trout.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Sugarite Canyon State Park has been closed due to the Track Fire.

Maxwell Lakes – The water level is very low at Lake No.13 and fishing is sporadic with an occasional trout landed. Best success is reported using Power Bait, worms and spinners.

Santa Cruz Lake – No report.

Shuree Ponds – Closed due to fire hazard.

Springer Lakes – Fishing is reported as good for pike 18 – 32 inches with large Mepps spinners, cut bait and minnows. Water levels are dropping due to irrigation so water levels are low.

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San AntonioFlow on the Jemez River is 4.2 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.

Metro Drainages Stocking has ended for the season and trout fishing is reported as slow.

Bluewater Lake – No report on trout. The tiger muskies are fishing is good with several large fish being caught, one at 45 inches. The fish reported were caught on rattle traps while trolling.

Cochiti Lake – Closed due to fire hazard. Please stay away from the area! Cochiti lake is the base of operations for the type one incident management team fighting the southern part of the fire. A tentative opening date has been set, if all goes well the lake will open back up on the 27th of July.

Fenton Lake – Closed due to fire hazard.

Tingley BeachCatfish, bluegill and largemouth bass are all biting in the Children’s and Central Ponds. Catfish anglers are reporting success with almost every kind of bait they can imagine and make – hotdogs, chicken liver, home-made bait, and stink baits are all working this week.

East–Central, including the Pecos River

Coyote CreekThe flow is 0.43 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.

Pecos River – The flow near Pecos is 24 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.

Conchas Lake – Reports of walleye fishing picking up. Fish are being found in 10 to 15 feet of water and hitting jigs with worms and minnows. Some bass are also being taken off points and structure. No report on what they are hitting on.

Morphy Lake – Closed due to fire hazard.

Santa Rosa Lake – Walleye are reported as fair, although many are small. Bass are fair. Best bet is to try downsized crank baits and soft plastics around the points and on the flats. Catfish are very active as well using minnows and cut bait along the warmer water in the coves.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is good for trout using Power Bait, with many limits taken. Catfish are fair to good with chicken liver. The lake was stocked 3,000 triploid rainbow trout.

Sumner Lake – No change here. Fishing is good for walleye along the Eastern Bluffs and near the mouth of the Alamogordo arm trolling white and fire tiger crank baits and rattle-traps 8-12 ft. Fair for largemouth and smallmouth casting white crank baits along coves and structure 2-5 feet. Good for white bass using a variety of plastic worms, spoons and crank baits. Fair for channel cat below the dam on the Pecos River, also on the west shoreline south of the main boat ramp using chicken liver. No reports on crappie.

Ute Lake – Fishing is good for smallmouth bass on the gravel points. Senkos, baby brush hogs and Berkley 4-inch power worms are working well. The weed beds are starting to show up in the backs of the coves and there are a few reports of largemouth coming out of them on Senkos and topwater gear. The white bass are fishing fair at night with live minnows. Whites are also starting to pick up in Ute Creek and trolling on the main lake flats has produced some decent whites this week. Walleye are fishing good when trolling with deep-diving crank baits and pulling spinners tipped with night crawlers. The main lake points and flats dropping into 20 feet of water have been good areas. Catfish are fishing good with cut bait, Danny King’s punch bait, and chicken liver. Most of the catfish are being caught over baited holes in the coves. Crappie are reported as slow

Southwest

Gila River – The flow is 19 cfs and there is no fishing report for the West, East and Middle forks.

Rio Grande – The flow is 1,080 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Catfish are fair using worms, liver or stink bait.

Bill Evans Lake: Winter stocking for trout has ended for the year and will resume late next fall. No fishing report.

Caballo Lake – Fishing is fair to good. Water levels are coming up and the lake is near normal levels. White bass are being caught with white and candy apple red Bombers. Crappie and walleye are reported as good when using shad. A few large catfish have been taken with chicken liver or stink bait.

Elephant Butte Lake – No report.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is fair to good for trout when using Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait.

Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. No report on other species.

Quemado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as good. Anglers are having success using green Power Bait, worms and spinners. The tiger muskies are reported as slow with no fish seen recently.

Snow Lake – No report.

Southeast

Black River – Flow is 5.5 cfs. No report.

Bonito Creek – Closed due to fire hazard. . A tentative opening on the the 21st of July. Check before you go.

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.39 cfs. Water levels are very, very low and fishing is reported as slow. The only fishing available is through town due to forest closure.

Bonito Lake – Closed due to fire hazard. A tentative opening on the 21st of July. Check before you go.

Bottomless Lakes: Winter stocking is over for the year. Stocking will resume in late fall.

Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.

Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is reported as good to excellent for trout using Pistol Pete’s in the evenings and Power Bait and worms during the day. The lake was stocked with 4,249 triploid rainbow trout.

Lake Van: No report.

 

Stocking Report By Date for 07/09/2011 – 07/15/2011
2:30 pm 07/15/2011
Rainbow Trout
Water Name Fish Length (In) Fish(lbs) Number of Fish Stocking Date Hatchery ID
BRAZOS RIVER 13.0 442.00 499 07/13/2011 LO
CHAMA RIVER (ABV EL VADO) 13.0 221.00 250 07/12/2011 LO
CHAMA RIVER (ABV EL VADO) 13.0 608.00 687 07/13/2011 LO
CHAMA RIVER (BLW EL VADO) 13.0 779.00 880 07/12/2011 LO
SAN JUAN RIVER (BLW QUALITY) 13.6 1,010.00 1,000 07/14/2011 LO
TOTAL 13.1 3,060.00 3,316
Triploid Rainbow Trout
Water Name Fish Length (In) Fish(lbs) Number of Fish Stocking Date Hatchery ID
EAGLE NEST LAKE 10.2 214.00 501 07/12/2011 RR
GRINDSTONE RESERVOIR 10.5 1,967.00 4,249 07/12/2011 RL
RED RIVER (ABV QUESTA) 9.9 431.00 1,099 07/14/2011 RR
STORRIE RESERVOIR 10.2 1,282.00 3,000 07/13/2011 RR
TOTAL 10.2 3,894.00 8,848
GRAND TOTAL 6,954.00 12,165